Plans call for a headquarters and nuclear research center,aggregating 775,000 sf. A Westinghouse spokesman tells GlobeSt.comthe estimated construction cost is $140 million, and initial planscall for a first, 400,000-sf office building, followed by another375,000-sf building. The company's nuclear power plant businessunit expects to occupy the opening phase of the facility duringfirst-half 2009. Employees from the existing facilities inMonroeville and Churchill will follow with completion of a secondphase by year-end 2010.

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The Cranberry Woods selection followed a review of potentiallocations in Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia, North and SouthCarolina and Georgia in addition to expansion of its existing535,000-sf Monroeville facility in neighboring Allegheny County. Inlate 2006, Westinghouse narrowed its search to WesternPennsylvania, but continued to contemplate between Monroeville andCranberry.

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The final decision, according to a Westinghouse statement,rested primarily on the "flexibility of construction options toaccommodate future growth. Additionally, the Cranberry Woods sitewill be able to better accommodate the parking requirements of anexpanding work force."

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The new campus is expected to add at least 1,000 employeeswithin five years and as many as 2,000 within 10 years.Westinghouse facilities in Blairsville, Madison and New Stanton arenot impacted by the new building and will remain in place.

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The 327-acre Cranberry Woods park is located at theintersections of Interstate 79 and Route 228, approximately 30minutes from the Pittsburgh airport. The Westinghouse complex willoccupy an 80-acre portion of the park.

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Gov. Ed Rendell signed legislation allowing for StrategicDevelopment Area designations in November, primarily aimed atkeeping Westinghouse in the state. The SDA designation applies tocompanies that create or maintain at least 500 jobs or invest aminimum of $45 million within three years and also calls for localmunicipal approval.

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Faced with the potential loss of 2,000 jobs, Dennis Yablonsky,director of the Department of Community and Economic Development,says, "We went to work and saved those positions," while adding1,000 more. He also said DCED and the governor's action team willhelp find tenants for the Monroeville facility before it is vacatedin 2010.

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